What Miyazaki’s Heroines Taught Me About My Mixed-Race Identity
“Miyazaki tells us something about bodies in flux: There is no easy answer; only the conflict, the question.”
Mononoke-himePrincess MononokeInu gami
Sen to Chihiro no Kami KakushiSpirited Away
Howl’s Moving Castle
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